I received Glitter and Gloss by Vibha Batra as a review copy from the author, courtesy the publisher, Bloomsbury India. It is the story of Misha and Akshay.
The blurb (from the author):
Imagine if you truly/madly/deeply loved a boy.
Imagine if he loved you back.
Imagine if the only obstacle standing in the way was his hard-to-please Third Parent.
What would you do?
a. Crib and bear it
b. Undergo a personality change
c. See a shrink
Meet M.A.C. Misha.
The Lovestruck Laila who does all the above (in that particular order).
She is (according to Didi-in-law) everything a Bahu shouldn’t be: garrulous, geeky, gawky, gainfully employed (especially the last bit).
The apple of her friends’ eyes. The love of Akshay’s life. The up and coming bridal make-up artist. Misha is so many things.
But all she wants is to be accepted.
Will Misha win Didi (and the Kha-Pee Panchayat) over with her Stepford Wife Act?
Will she continue to be the poster child for the inherent evils of the Bahu Brigade?
Or will she learn to ‘lau’ herself before the whole world and its wife can do the same?
Misha Chaturvedi, 24, salesgirl at a M.A.C. store, also works as a make-up artiste. Her parents are separated; her mother runs a beauty parlour in Pune and her father lives in Lucknow. She has a younger brother, Nitin. She feels the only thing that is not perfect on her face is her nose and is very conscious about it. She has the habit of helping everyone even if it means hurting herself in the process.
Poulomi, her best friend, is also a make-up artiste like her and works in the same store. They have known each other for five years and do everything together. They trained together, they eat together, they party together. Poul is the one who pushed her to quit the Tres Chic Academy after three years and gave her the courage to apply for M.A.C. Sammy, her roommate, is a fitness instructor and a very much in demand personal trainer.
She gets a chance to do makeup at a Bridal Indian Fashion Week. And owing to this habit of helping everyone, she tries to save an upcoming model, whom everone is addressing as Akki from the hands of another lady model and this Akki turns to be Akshay Agarwal of Agarwal Jewelers, the sponsors of the Week.
She gets a chance to go to Dubai, where she meets Akshay once again and they end up with each other. The only ‘haddi in the kabab’ is his conservative elder sister, who is like a third parent to Akshay and he cannot go against ‘Didi’.
So will alcohol drinking, non vegetarian Misha be able to live upto the standards of ‘didi’? Read on to find out.
The cover is an instant pick-me-up, what with the cosmetics’ pictures all around- that covers the gloss part and the words are lettered in glitter. The language is simple and the story is cute. The characters are well developed. The author has used a lot of funny descriptions in the book. She has mentioned a lot of MAC products in the story, doing her make-up with MAC.
The story has been written in first person from Misha’s point of view.The main protagonist is very much like one of us, trying to please everyone at the cost of her own happiness and Akshay is the real hero supporting her in all her endeavors.
An excellent book, makes a quick read and I would recommend it to everyone, I promise you will be smiling while reading the book and also later.